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Philippines HYC

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1. Center of Hope Project

The Centers of HOPE offer an array of community and family support services including health and nutrition, education, family development, livelihood supports, disaster management, as well as advocacy and child protection services. Volunteer work is focused on building the perimeter fence and meeting area for parents in the Center of HOPE Ormoc; Facilitate Christmas activities for children and parents; and shoe box gift giving activity. Every HYC volunteer will be asked to bring a shoebox gift for the children beneficiaries of the Center of HOPE. Each volunteer will be assigned to a child where he/she can build relationship with the child’s family during the gift-giving activity and home visitations.

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2. Shelter and Livelihood Recovery Project

Every year, the poor suffered homelessness due to heavy typhoons and poverty. In 2013, Super typhoon Haiyan destroyed 90% of the houses and livelihood facilities in Ormoc City and only few received help to rebuild their shelters and livelihood. In the past three (3) years, HOPE worldwide supported more than 200 poor families on the rebuilding of their houses and livelihood in Ormoc. HYC volunteers will be ask to bring essential carpentry tools, such as working gloves, meter measure, pliers, hammers, to repair and improve the house and variety stores (small grocery stall) we will award to the selected beneficiaries of livelihood program.
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3. Child Protection 

Considered as a "silent epidemic", child sexual abuse is one of the issues that our children face. Alongside preparation of families for relocation is the need to prepare and equip children on how they could protect themselves from possible abuse. Social adjustments can expose children to vulnerability and risks, as many people with different socio-cultural backgrounds will be relocated in one area in Ormoc after the super typhoon. The Child Protection Project will be implemented through live puppet shows which will educate children from the relocation area about the safety measures that they need to learn to protect them from abuse. HYC Volunteers will be assigned to do puppet shows and facilitate fun games with the children.

NOTE REGARDING TRAVEL TO PHILIPPINES: Some applicants have inquired about the safety of travel to the Philippines. The U.S. State Department has issued the following travel advisory: “The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to the Sulu Archipelago and through the southern Sulu Sea, and to exercise extreme caution when traveling to the island of Mindanao, due to continued terrorist threats, insurgent activities, and kidnappings."

The State Department travel advisory applies to Mindanao, which is a separate southern island – far from where the HYC will be taking place. There is no specified danger in the places where our team will be serving in the Philippines (Ormoc City) which is located in the province of Leyte.  While there is an inherent risk to serving in any developing country, there is no specified danger or advisory against traveling to Ormoc City, Philippines.  If you are not comfortable with these conditions, you can opt to serve in one of our other December sites – Cambodia, Nepal and Daytona Beach (USA). 

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